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 05-29-2001, 20:23 Post: 28741
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 compression from a lawn roller

Can anyone tell me how to calculate the compression load from a lawn roller? I want to roll my lawn to smooth out some ruts. The biggest roller that doesn't cost an arm and a leg is a roller that is 48 inches wide and 24 inches in diameter, weighs 910 lbs when full of water. I have a TC40D with turf tires. They are not loaded. The width of the roller should cover the distance between my tires. The question: Is this weight roughly equivialent to the weight displaced by the tires of my tractor? The specs on the tractor show 3300 lbs. Turf tires are 27x8.5-15 in front and 44x18-20 in the rear. I know there is some formula that should work here based on the weight vs Width vs diameter but it has been a long time since.....






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To do this we need to know how big your foot print is on the ground which varies with air pressure. Chances are you are about equal comparing the roller.






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I thought I posted a reply yesterday but do not see it. Here goes again.
What would be your guess as to the front to rear footprint of the roller? I would guess 1 inch, maybe 2. If it is one inch times 48 inches wide, that is 48/144 which is 1/3 of a square foot. So 900 lbs divided by .33 sq ft is 2700 psf, or lbs per sq ft. Your tractor tires might amount to 4 or 5 sq ft of footprint. 3300 divided by 5 is 660 psf. I think no matter what the exact measurements are, your roller will put more psf than the tractor.
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